ipledgeallegience a critique of the past and sadly the present. Unfortunately inspired by yet another mass shooting in amerikkka and all the other atrocities against black and brown skin on this stolen land attempted to be washed away by stolen water. May 31 to June 1, 1921,Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, unconfirmed number of fatalities, September 15, 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, four little girls, June 17, 2015, Charleston, South Carolina, nine people, and May 14, 2022, Buffalo, New York, ten people. What is the significance of these dates? All of them were occurrences of violence against Black bodies in the United States. All were heinous acts committed by “proud Americans.” Everyday people that look like me are not valued, respected, listened to, or seen as human. Still dehumanized in the very country we helped build. ipledgeallegience embodies the continuous systemic calculated violence perpetrated by this empire. And is the very soil in which this nation was founded up until present day.

Dedicated to stolen ancestors and almost erased indigenous allies. Asé

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George Junius Stinney- 14, Emmet Till- 14, Tamir Rice- 12, Trayvon Martin-17 and as of November 23rd 19 year old Aidan Ellison. There’s an all out war against Black and brown bodies, specifically male Black and brown bodies.“A Texas police officer who fatally shot a Black man has…”, “...forceful arrest of Black man stopped while jogging…”, “...Phoenix man shot in the back by officers…”, “...Officer kills black teenager...” “Black jogger stopped by deputies after matching suspect description…”, “emergency call about a "suspicious person" matching his description.” 

This piece is about the black and brown men I know and have relationships with that I worry about becoming one of the captions above. They’re brothers, fathers, nephews, uncles, sons and above all human. As I was collecting the video footage for this piece it saddened me even more. As I looked into the eyes of these men it made me realize how they’re perceived, as a threat, as a suspect, as a description, “other”. Fit the Description is about how all these men can easily fit the description, but are not actually the description at all. 

#ALLBLACKMENDONTLOOKALIKE  #THEYDONTFITTHEDESCRIPTION

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